Recently, my cd player in my car has been acting up, so I’m forced to listen to the radio until I get it fixed. At first, I did not mind listening to the radio because I actually enjoy the radio talk-shows. Some of them are hilarious! However, the music on the radio is dreadful. Not all of it is terrible, but a good majority of the songs I hear are brutal. Here are some reasons why:
- Lack of Variety:
- The radio plays the same songs over, and over again. I can’t remember how many times I heard “Somebody that I Used to Know” by Goyte! And to make matters worse, I heard that song on at least three different radio stations.
- No Love for the Dead
- I did not hear songs on the radio from artists who have passed away years, and years ago. I did not hear The Beatles, Nirvana, or Hendrix at all when I listened to rock stations (even the classic rock stations). Instead, I suffered through Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Guns and Roses, and other classic rock bands that continue to damage my eardrum. I did not hear many rap stations playing Tupac or Beastie Boys (R.I.P MCA) or any other iconic rap legends. I heard many songs by Drake, Weezy, Jay-z, and Kanye instead.
- Usher and Britney are back, but they need to go back to making good music. I never really liked Britney, but Usher used to have some greats songs! With the exception of his new song, “Climax”, his new songs have this techno/pop /club sound that’s completely un-original and not catchy. Many new artists are trying to make their music more “club” appropriate, I guess. I’m not too sure why. I wish I could tell them it’s a big mistake.
- Punk, Reggae, and Ska Do Not Count as Genres
- I guess this also goes with my first point, but I’ve never heard punk, ska, and reggae on the radio. I did not hear NOFX, Reel Big Fish and Peter Tosh. Instead, I heard, Paramore (they really aren’t ‘punk’), “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt, and UB-40’s “Red, Red Wine.”
I think it would be awesome to have my own radio station, because I would definitely play a good variety. My hatred for the radio saddens me, because I used to listen to the radio all night during middle school! But now, I’ll drive in silence because I’m not listening to the radio.